The Congress party’s Minorities Declaration Draft committee is considering a guarantee of a Rs 5000 crore sub-plan as part of their empowerment of minorities initiative. The committee, led by former Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir, received various suggestions from organizations, including 15 prominent Muslim organizations in the state. They received a total of 150 suggestions through online and offline channels.
During the final meeting on Thursday, representatives from different minority groups such as Muslims, Christians, Jains, Dalit Muslims, and others participated and shared their suggestions. Shabbir Ali, the committee chairman, informed the media that they received key suggestions such as increasing the minorities welfare budget to Rs 5,000 crore, implementing a Minorities Sub-Plan similar to SC/ST Sub-Plans, allocating more funds for the marriage scheme, and enacting a separate law to prevent religious discrimination.
The Congress party is considering granting permission for new medical, engineering, and professional colleges based on the suggestions. They are also discussing the possibility of establishing a private minority university. Zafar Javeed, the PCC Senior Vice President, stated that the committee consulted with leaders from organizations like Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat-ul-Ulema, Tameer-e-Millat, and Tahreek Muslim Shabban. The committee will carefully consider all suggestions before finalizing the Minorities Declaration.